The Oregon Defense: GAME PLANNING

Kevin Cline

Taylor Hart sacks a Cougar!

The Oregon Defense: GAME PLANNING

(13 Analyses)

1. Using Discipline and Fundamentals to Defend Brand New Formations
Text and GIF Analysis Published 2-03-2015
Last week we talked about the importance of formations when it comes to putting together an offensive game plan, but today we’re going to discuss things from the opposite point of view. What happens defensively when an offense lines up in something it hasn’t shown before? Directory 9.0


2. An Analysis of How to Stop Stanford’s Play-Action
Text and GIF Analysis Published 10-30-2014
This is an analysis for defensive-minded fans and coaches who want to learn about stopping a power team such as Stanford. Directory 9.0

From Video

Crunch Time


3. How Stanford Attacked Oregon’s Pass Protection
Text and GIF Analysis Published 6-24-2014
Watching Stanford take on Oregon recently has been interesting for coaches, specifically on passing downs as Stanford’s three and four man pass rush really caused Oregon problems. Stanford does a terrific job of making things look much more complex than they actually are for offenses, as we’ll examine. Against Oregon, Stanford targets the Ducks’ offensive line by faking blitzes, thus attacking Oregon’s pass protection rules and getting favorable one-on-one matchups. Directory 9.0


4. How the Ducks Will Shut Down Rich Rod and the Wildcats in 2014
Text Analysis Published 6-03-2014
Learn how to defend the Spread Offense such as Arizona….(or Oregon!)


5. A Solution for Stopping Stanford on 3rd Down
Text and GIF Analysis Published 4-08-2014
An Analysis looking at how to defend the Power-Run game between formations and unbalanced lines used by such teams such as Stanford. Directory 9.0


6. How Stanford Stopped the Oregon Offense
Text Analysis Published 11-20-2012
This article is co-authored with Josh Schlichter and today is the first of two parts breaking down some examples of the impressive performance by the Stanford defense. (There a number of items to take note of in terms of game-planning) Directory 9.0

From Video

Another Sack!


7. How Stanford Stopped The Oregon Offense II
Text Analysis Published 11-21-2012
Stanford’s game plan didn’t resemble the gimmicky Cover-0 approach Cal used in 2010 at all, it was an old-fashioned defensive scheme that can confuse nearly every offensive blocking scheme in the game. The particular alignment Stanford used was the “Bear” front, which we will discuss in more detail shortly. Directory 9.0, 10.2


8.Chip Kelly Wins “Cat-&-Mouse” Game with OSU
Text Analysis Published 11-27-2012
Another fascinating game plan explained by a former Defensive Coordinator in the Pac-12, and again some new surprises. Directory 9.0


9.  How Oregon Stuffed “Optimus” Klein and the Kansas State Option Attack
Text Analysis Published 2-05-2013
QB Klein added value to K-State as a good power rusher, but his real threat to opponents was finding gaps in defenses via K-State’s dynamic option attack.  The Ducks knew this, and wrote up a dandy of a game plan to attack it. And what did they do? In short, the Ducks took control of the decisions Klein wanted to make, and took the “option” out of Collin Klein’s option game. Directory 9.0, 10.0

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10. Ducks Zone Blitz Attack De-Claws the ‘Cats Deep Passing Game
Text Analysis Published 2-12-2013
This is a nice review of the Zone Blitzes that helped Oregon defeat Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl BCS game. Directory 9.0


11. Aliotti’s Zone Coverages Keep Wildcats’ Pass Game in the Kitty Carrier
Text Analysis Published 2-19-2013
Finally, Klein averaged under 9 yards per completion, and 4.7 yards per attempt. Wow. Decry him all you want, but give credit to “Allow-a-lotti,” because pass defense stats like those straight up win games. Let’s see how he did it. Directory 9.0, 10.1


12. How to Defend Oregon’s Power Read Option
Text Analysis Published 5-30-2013
As defensive coordinators, we have found ways to deal with teams reading the defensive end. Take the Power Read Play as an example. This could be a Two-Back Power, with the same concepts, but we will work against a One-Back Power running play.


–13.  Oregon (Jim Leavitt) Brings Back the “3-Duck-Chuck”
Text Analysis:  Aug 1, 2017
Charles Fischer gives examples of the use an eight man zone and where it can help a defense when mixed with Zone Blitzes.


Go to the OREGON FOOTBALL ANALYSIS LIBRARY by front page to find the articles and links here.

Articles about the Oregon Spread Offense under coaches Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich, Scott Frost, Mario Cristobal, Marcus Arroyo and Willie Taggart are present along with plays and tactics.

The Oregon Defensive Articles and Analysis are present on this page as well.

Charles Fischer   (FishDuck)
Eugene, Oregon